I found an interesting and thought-provoking quote in the biography of Somerset Maugham, which I am currently reading. He is writing about France and the French character following their capitulation to the Germans in World War II. His judgment is based upon having lived many years in France (he was born in Paris) and a recent tour of the country to inspect war preparations for the British government.
“If a nation values anything more than their freedom, it will
lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or
money that it values more, it will lose that too.” (italics mine)
US politicians run continually freedom up the flagpole for all to salute, because they know the truth of these words…and recognize the warning.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.